By Steve Hodel
Twenty Years after surprising the area in l. a., may Dr. George Hill Hodel have lower back to terrorize California because the killer referred to as Zodiac?
whilst veteran LAPD murder detective Steve Hodel found that his overdue father had recognized the sufferer of the notorious Black Dahlia homicide case in 1947 la, the consequent three-year research grew to become the New York Times bestseller Black Dahlia Avenger. booklet led on to the invention of a cache of hidden files coated up for many years, that ascertain George Hodel had lengthy been legislation enforcement's #1 suspect in Elizabeth Short's grisly demise. A lurid homicide secret that had continued for greater than fifty years was once ultimately resolved.
yet for Steve Hodel, that revelation was once in simple terms the start. With twenty-five years of expertise investigating homicides, Hodel's instincts instructed him guy in a position to bisecting Elizabeth Short's physique, arranging it in ugly and public tableau, and taunting the police and public with notes and make contact with calls, didn't commence or finish his killing occupation with the Black Dahlia.
In Most Evil, Steve Hodel compiles never-before-seen visible, circumstantial, and forensic facts to make the case that his father used to be a prolific serial killer whose signature is noticeable no longer in any unmarried approach to homicide, form of sufferer, or particular killing floor, yet particularly as a chain of complicated preparations, installations, and vague references to paintings, tradition and picture, that, taken jointly, display a chilling and never-before-documented number of serial homicide: homicide as an exceptional paintings. between his crimes will be essentially the most enduring and notorious murders of the final century, together with Chicago's "Lipstick Murders" in 1945 Chicago, the "Jigsaw Murdered" in Manila, in addition to the sequence of killings in California within the 1960's by way of the guy who referred to as himself Zodiac.
Steve Hodel's relentless and compelling research, exact in Most Evil, revolutionizes the best way we expect approximately one of the most brutal and formerly unconnected murders in American history--and may perhaps swap our knowing of serial killers altogether.
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Extra resources for Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel
21 1940s Hollywood crimes in relationship to Hodel residence 1. George Hodel’s “Franklin Avenue house” 2. 5 miles 3. 3 miles 4. 2 miles 5. 1 miles 6. 1 miles 7. 4 miles 8. 7 miles Before we move on to the next series of crimes I believe my father committed, let’s take a minute to identify the primary MOs of the killer known as the Black Dahlia Avenger, who operated in 1940s Los Angeles:• The crimes all occurred within a ten-mile radius of Hollywood. • The killer targeted solitary women. • In the cases of Ora Murray, Elizabeth Short, Jeanne French, Gladys Kern, and Jean Spangler, the suspect was seen in public with the victim prior to her murder.
And I felt I owed it to the victims and their families, to my half-sister Tamar, to my brothers, to myself. Opportunists and crackpots who carefully guarded their own Black Dahlia theories took their shots. I was called a liar, a fantasist, and even a serial killer myself. The lesson: don’t tread on other people’s myths. Meanwhile, Black Dahlia Avenger had sprung to the top of national bestseller lists, climbing to number two in Southern California. The story of my family became national news, with print articles in News-week, People, and the Associated Press as well as radio and television coverage, including segments on Dateline NBC, CNN, CBS’s The Early Show, and ABC’s The View.
But before we talk about the murders that continued in this country and abroad into the late 1960s, we need to examine the MOs for the crimes my father committed in the ’40s. Because even the cleverest of criminals leaves behind clues, which when analyzed carefully yield a unique signature. My father, who was devious enough to never be caught, took this a step further—sending notes and evidence and deliberately taunting the police. A. in the 1940s, all of which I am convinced are the work of George Hodel, will lay the foundation for the emerging portrait of an international serial killer who didn’t stop killing until late in his life.